Most people think of gorgeous Bora Bora when they hear the words “overwater bungalow.” They might also falsely assume the destination is generally off limits due to it’s prohibitively high price tag. Of course, being points and miles travelers, we know this isn’t the case whatsoever. However, that is for another article. But fear not! Bora Bora is just one of the many places where one can treat themselves to the elusive overwater bungalow.
Whether you’re planning your honeymoon or it’s just time for a romantic getaway, you can find overwater bungalows all over the world. And best of all, they won’t cost you an arm and a leg! Here are some other vacation destinations you can choose to get the overwater bungalow experience without going overboard on your vacation budget.
Hotel Desconocido – Mexico
Just south of Puerto Vallarta on a private peninsula, you’ll find this resort featuring 27 thatched overwater bungalows. Private, romantic and surrounded by 40 miles of white sandy beaches, it’s a perfect escape for two, for oodles less.
El Nido Lagen Island Resort – Philippines
The Philippines is a gorgeous country of islands. One of the least traveled of them is Palawan, which is where you’ll find this hidden gem of 18 overwater retreats. The surrounding jungle and the sparkling lagoon make for a beautiful backdrop to your romantic vacation. Additionally, the nearby caves and rainforests make it ideal for the adventurous couple. After all that action, enjoy pampering at the spa.
AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort – Malaysia
This large and relatively new resort features 392 overwater bungalows (called villas here). They’re expansive in size too, some of them including 3 bedrooms. It’s a stunning place that’s relatively easy to get to from Kuala Lumpur. As it’s the only option we’re aware of that will get you over the water for under $100 per night, it’s an incredibly affordable option.
Punta Caracol Acqua-Lodge – Panama
You’ll only find overwater bungalows at this eco-resort, which includes breakfast and dinner in its rates. Even if you go on the cheap, you’ll get a loft-style room with a king-size bed in the upper area and a huge private terrace. It’s very remote, which is good news for couples that want to be left alone.
Reethi Beach Resort – Maldives
Not many would consider The Maldives a budget option. Depending on the time of year, it’s prices rival that of Bora Bora. Nonetheless, it is an alternative. If you can get here, Reethi is one of the most highly-rated resorts. Truly spectacular in design, the resort features 5 restaurants and 5 bars making it a fun choice for couples that love to go out and socialize. It’s worth mentioning that bungalows here share one wall with each other. However, you should know that despite this, they are incredibly private.
L’Escapade Island Resort Noumea – New Caledonia
If you’re closer to Australia, this is one resort with overwater bungalows that you don’t want to miss. It’s got great prices for the South Pacific too($200/night is not unrealistic). It’s very private and is often likened to the Maldives. It is very mellow, which makes it a great place for taking in the wonderful weather, sticking your toes in the sand and relaxing.
CoCo View Resort – Roatan, Honduras
For couples that love to dive together, nothing could be better than this all-inclusive resort for divers. Outstanding service, included meals, transport to and from the airport and even a welcoming cocktail all make this place a prime choice for those who cherish time under the sea.
Sandals Royal Caribbean – Montego Bay, Jamaica
Sandals resorts are renowned for their all-inclusive packages that make having romantic vacations fun, easy, and breezy. The 17 overwater bungalows here are incredibly luxurious and ideal for a honeymoon retreat. The waiting list is long so plan your trip ahead. These overwater bungalows all have their own Jacuzzi and private pool. Glass floors allow you to see the stunning sea life below. Also included in the price: your own private butler. While it isn’t cheap, it certainly rivals the costs of traveling halfway across the world to some other destinations and is a great value when you consider everything that’s included.
Is it time to run away with your love for a spell? Try out an overwater bungalow resort for an unforgettable experience!